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First Day — Sep 10, 2017

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Today is the first day the following items have appeared in Around Town. Items are generally published a maximum of five times.)

SUITE SURRENDER

The Artesia Community Theatre will present “Suite Surrender” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12, and may be purchased from any cast member, at several businesses around town, and at the door.

DIVORCE CARE

Divorce Care classes for those needing guidance, encouragement or emotional support after or while going through a divorce will be held from 7-8 p.m. each Wednesday beginning Sept. 17 in the Trinity Temple Assembly of God Fireside Room. For more information, contact Minnie at 513-2548.


(EDITOR’S NOTE: Around Town is intended to announce events of interest to the general public in Artesia and the immediate area. Announcements of club and nonprofit organizations, school activities, government events and church activities are generally included in Around Town.)

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BASKETBALL

Special Olympics Pecos Valley (SOPV) will hold its basketball season Sept. 9Oct. 28. Practices will be held from 2-4 p.m. every Saturday and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Thursday at the First Baptist Church Total Life Center. Anyone 8 and up with an intellectual disability is welcome to attend. The Area IV Basketball Tournament will be held Sept. 30 at CARC in Carlsbad, and the State Games will be held Oct. 28 in Las Cruces. For more information, contact Connie Lewis at 308-6270 or Joyce Munoz at 703-5228.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BOWLING

Special Olympics Pecos Valley (SOPV) will hold its bowling season Sept. 10Nov. 5. Practices will be held from 4-6:30 p.m. Sundays at Artesia Lanes. Cost is $1 per game per athlete, with three games played weekly. The Area IV Tournament will be held Oct. 7 in Artesia; State Games will be held Nov. 11 and/or 12 in Bernallilo. For more information, contact Connie Lewis at 308-6270 or Joyce Munoz at 703-5228.

APS FINANCE COMMITTEE

The Artesia Public Schools Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd., to discuss finance and budget issues. The meeting is open to the public.

SCHOOL BOARD

The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Lowell M. Irby Board Room at the Administration Building, 301 Bulldog Blvd. A copy of the agenda for this meeting is available at the Administration Building.

BAND BOOSTERS

The Artesia Band Boosters will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the Artesia High School band hall. All parents of band students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.

STREET CLOSURES

New Mexico Gas Company will be closing Hank Avenue from Eighth to 10th Streets to non-residents from Sept. 12-22, and the south alley of Bullock Avenue between 11th and 13th streets from Sept. 13-29. For more information, call 365-7155.

STORY TIMES

The Artesia Public Library will host three events Tuesday, Sept. 12. Mouse Time at 10 a.m. is a quiet, passive story time featuring stories, puppets, finger plays, songs, and more for parents and children to enjoy together. Craft Time will be held at 10:30 a.m. Lion Time at 11 a.m. is an active story time featuring stories, songs, dances, movements, and more for parents and children. The theme for all three events is sports. For more information, call the library at 746-4252.

CHOIR BOOSTERS

The Artesia Choir Boosters will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in the Artesia High School choir room. For more information, contact Shawna at 703-2214 or Krystin at 706-7701.

OPEN AUDITIONS

The Artesia Arts Council will hold open auditions for Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe (not a musical), including “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Auditions are open to ages 14 and up and will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. All those auditioning should prepare a monologue. Several movers/dancers will also be sought, and scripts will be read from. For more information, call the OPAC at 746-4212.

APS EARLY DISMISSAL

The Artesia Public Schools will dismiss early Wednesday, Sept. 13, according to the following schedule: Grand Heights Early Childhood Center, 1:05 p.m.; all elementary schools, 1:15 p.m.; Zia Intermediate and Park Junior High, 1:20 p.m.; and Artesia High School, 1:30 p.m. There will be no DD preschool that day.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

The Friends of the Library will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the Artesia Public Library meeting room. All members and anyone who would like to join are welcome to attend.

HELPERS CLUB

The September meeting of the Helpers Club of San Pedro Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, in the First Baptist Church Total Life Center west meeting room. All members and interested persons are invited to attend. For more information, call 365-7244.

BLOOD DRIVES

United Blood Services will hold blood drives from 2-5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Senior Center multipurpose room; and from 8-11 a.m. Sept. 29 in the PVT parking lot. To schedule an appointment, visit http://www.unitedbloodservices.org.

DESK & DERRICK WRITING CONTEST

The Artesia Desk & Derrick Club is holding its annual writing contest. Contest will consist of three questions to choose from for students in grades K-12. Students will need to write an essay and submit it to Desk & Derrick by Sept. 30. For more information, contact any Desk & Derrick member or email [email protected].

ART IN THE PARK

Applications are currently being accepted for Art in the Park. This year’s event is set for 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Central Park. To request an application or for more information, visit http://www.artesiaartscouncil.com, email [email protected], or call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 746-4212.